21st Century Jobs

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$100,000,000 in state money is divvied up today among companies promising to create as many as 3,000 jobs in our state.

The money comes from the state's 21st century jobs fund.

Hundreds of companies applied for grants. 61 were awarded today.

The companies are all in high-tech fields like alternative energy and life sciences. Governor Jennifer Granholm says jobs in those fields won't be outsourced, unlike a less certain future in the auto industry.

"It is the largest investment in any state in the nation in diversifying an economy, and Michigan needs it," Gov. Granholm said Wednesday.

There may be several rounds of grants from the 21st Century Jobs fund. 13 of the companies that received grants today are in Mid-Michigan.

The complete list of winners is under the "Seen on 10" link.